Guilty plea in DWI case that killed Haywood County mother of 3

Michael Armstrong, 71, in court on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Armstrong pleaded guilty to felony death by vehicle and felony serious injury by vehicle in the crash that killed Jordan Webb last May. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

A man gets at least 6-and-a half years in prison in a drunk driving wreck that killed a Haywood County mother of three.

Michael Armstrong, 71, pleaded guilty to felony death by vehicle and felony serious injury by vehicle in the crash that killed Jordan Webb last May.

Troopers said Armstrong ran a red light and hit Webb’s car, killing her and seriously injuring her 15-year-old son.

Armstrong apologized Thursday in court, but Webb’s family said that doesn't erase their pain. Her father said the family is shattered and heartbroken. Webb’s mother worries for her family's future.

Armstrong’s blood alcohol level was measured at three times the legal limit.

“I can't imagine what this mother is thinking when she hears that he is sitting on a bench drinking while they're literally trying to remove her daughter from the car,” Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s Ellen Pitt said.

Armstrong was sentenced to 64 to 89 months on the death by vehicle charges. The judge sentenced him to another 16-29 months on the serious injury charge to be served at the expiration of the first sentence.

Armstrong's lawyer said his client has no memory of the accident and needs substance abuse treatment.

“It's a terrible loss for everyone and Mr. Armstrong certainly feels as remorseful as he can. The situation, I think, the sentence ultimately for him will be a life sentence due to his age,” attorney Joshua Nielsen said.

Jordan Webb was a home health care nurse and taught kids dance at Angie's Dance Academy in Clyde, where a scholarship is set up in her memory.

MADDs Ellen Pitt also conveys the family's gratitude for all the community support they've received.

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